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Assore halts mines and smelters, prioritises on-time supplier payment

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Mining and marketing company Assore, which is delisting from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange after 70 years, on Tuesday informed its shareholders that it had taken lockdown steps following the increased incidents of COVID-19 in South Africa. Assmang, which is half owned by Assore and jointly... 

Harmony Gold’s nine underground mines cease operations

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Mining has ceased at all of the nine underground gold mines of Harmony Gold but the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s surface retreatment operations and opencast mine will continue to function, collectively producing between 650 kg and 700 kg in the 21-day lockdown period in response to... 

Harmony Gold’s nine underground mines cease operations
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Peter Steenkamp

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company Gold Fields has placed its South Deep gold mine in Gauteng on care-and-maintenance to coincide with South Africa’s lockdown until April 16. In publishing its integrated annual report for 2019 and a number of associated reports on its website,... 

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance
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Nick Holland

Solidarity Fund sets aside R100m to procure protective equipment for frontline health workers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2020 The Solidarity Fund announced on March 30 that it would be using a portion of the R500-million raised during its first week of operations to facilitate the emergency procurement of the personal protective equipment – including five-million face masks – that was urgently required by public and... 

Solidarity Fund sets aside R100m to procure protective equipment for frontline health workers

Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2020 At this time of huge coronavirus uncertainty, the chests of a group of engineers here must surely be bulging with pride following their major Proudly South African world breakthrough that could speed up the global deployment of hydrogen as a competitive universal and environmentally friendly... 

Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing
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Hydrox Holdings membraneless electrolyser.

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2020 South Africa’s diversified black-controlled mining and minerals company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and the Motsepe family on Saturday formed the key part of the partnership of companies and organisations that have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge
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Dr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe at Saturday's remote media conference using the Internet to ensure social distance.

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 internationally should be a wake-up call on the impact of South Africa’s dependency on imported products, Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo said on Friday. He urged that policies parallel to what was being implemented in the automotive sector should be prioritised in... 

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala
Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 Coal-focused Boipelo Mining Contractors – a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment joint venture formed by Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) and the Amandla TM Group – having recognised the opportunity presented by divesting majors, is actively courting players in the midtier and,... 

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Since its appointment, Boipelo Mining has consistently exceeded its monthly production target

Miner confident of new licence

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal has applied for a new water use licence (WUL), in terms of the National Water Act, to develop its De Wittekrans coal project. De Wittekrans has an environmental authorisation, a mining right and a WUL. The reserve will be mined using opencast and underground mining... 

Miner confident of new licence
ACE IN THE COAL Product from the mine has been offered to Eskom through two separate tender processes

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal remains  vital to energy mix
WAYNE LINDECKE As a country, we’re evolving and trying to get our energy mix right, so we are dependent on coal and will still be for a while

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

Coal supplier receives UPS systems
CONNECTIVITY These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station

Coal faces funding troubles

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 While demand for coal is still rising, there has been a local trend towards financing more sustainable and ‘green’ projects. Through public and shareholder pressure and aligning with global trends, local financial institutions are also reconsidering their approach towards funding new coal... 

Coal faces  funding troubles
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THE COAL STORY Currently, about 77% of the country’s electricity is generated from coal

New-generation loader set for South Africa

27th March 2020 Orders have already been placed by major South African coal miners for solutions provider Sandvik’s new LS312 flameproof underground loader. The first active units will start rolling off the local production line in the second quarter of this year, according to Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

New-generation loader set for South Africa
QUIETER & CLEANER Powered by the C7.1 mechanical engine, the new generation LS312 complies with Tier II emissions standards while ensuring quieter, and more efficient operation

Sector rich in opportunities, despite recent trends

27th March 2020 In South Africa, as well as globally, there has been a trend towards renewable energy sources and away from thermal coal. Empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke states that, as the company aims to become State-owned power utility Eskom’s largest coal supplier and also has hopes to... 

Sector rich in opportunities,  despite recent trends
AT BECK AND COAL Coal-fired power will continue to fundamentally underpin of the growth of the local economy for the foreseeable future

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace

By: Halima Frost     27th March 2020 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has to date invested almost R1-billion, of a projected R2.8-billion, in the housing project devised for its staff, in line with its aspirational creed to engage in “More than Mining”. The intention with the housing project is... 

R2.8bn staff housing project continues apace
MORE THAN A HOUSE Royal Bafokeng Platinum continues to uplift its workers by affording them the opportunity to own their own homes

Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local bulk earthworks solutions provider Icon Group finalised the stormwater and civil infrastructure earthworks at the end of February this year for an expansion of coal miner Canyon Coal’s opencast Phalanndwa Colliery, which situated east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga. Icon’s work on the site is... 

 Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth
A COAL NEW WORLD Involvement in this project has provided an ideal way for Icon to become more established in the local coal sector

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2020 Three years ago the Hydrogen Council catapulted hydrogen to the forefront as a source of energy for transport and industrial companies. Now mining majors are putting the spotlight on hydrogen once again with the launch of the Green Hydrogen Consortium, which Hatch marketing coordinator Alana... 

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen
Liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology renders hydrogen oil-like.

South African miners preparing for three-week lockdown 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2020 Various South African mining companies have pledged their support for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Covid-19 directives and range of measures in respect of mitigating the impact of the pandemic on South Africa’s economy. The pledges follow the President’s address to the nation on Monday evening,... 

South African miners preparing for three-week lockdown
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Miners meet with Pitt to discuss Covid-19

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2020 Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt has called a meeting with some of Australia’s biggest resources companies and key industry representative groups to prepare a unified response from the sector to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Pitt said the virtual roundtable discussed issues ranging from... 

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2020 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which acknowledges coal’s negative impact on climate in a 20-page publication just released, expresses the view that a just transition to a low-carbon future should inform global climate action. “If we don’t take climate change issues very, very seriously,... 

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nichols Boyd. Photograph: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Glencore assures of no material disruption to its operations so far

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2020 Global diversified miner Glencore has confirmed that its more than 200 sites and offices in 35 countries remain operational and without any confirmed Covid-19 cases; however, the miner is keeping a close eye on the risks and will adapt its actions accordingly. In light of various restrictions... 

Glencore assures of no material disruption to its operations so far
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Newmont puts four mines on care and maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2020 Global metals miner Newmont Corporation has decided to put four of its operations on care and maintenance, in Argentina, Canada and Peru, to protect nearby communities and align with travel restrictions, while the Covid-19 disease continues to spread globally. The company has also decided to... 

Newmont puts four mines on care and maintenance

AMCU reports fatalities at AngloGold, Sibanye mines  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) reported on Friday afternoon that it had learnt of fatalities at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, in Gauteng, and Sibanye-Stillwater’s Thembelani shaft, in the North West. The union said in a statement that the AngloGold incident... 

Argentina mines and projects halted as Covid-19 isolation hits

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2020 Mines and projects are ramping down in Argentina, after a mandatory social isolation declaration was issued, with Yamana Gold and Hochschild Mining confirming on Friday that their operations in that country would be reduced and Lithium Americas suspending construction at the Cauchari-Olaroz... 

Argentina mines and projects halted as Covid-19 isolation hits

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Global diversified miner Anglo American has announced the measures that it is taking in light of the Covid-19 outbreak across its mining and corporate operations. CE Mark Cutifani says the measures are often tailored to the specific nature and location of a particular site to protect the... 

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Having researched the design and management of opencast mine haul roads locally and globally for the past 30 years, retired University of Pretoria civil engineering professor Alex Visser highlights a specific road construction system for mine haul roads which can reduce fuel emissions and save... 

Mine haul roads can reduce emissions, costs
Photo by Bloomberg
PAVING THE WAY If roads are not constructed properly, undulations can form, increasing rolling resistance. This can cause increased diesel fumes from trucks and health and safety risks

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Information technology (IT) solutions provider EDS Systems, a subsidiary  of   Economic Development Solutions (EDS), is set to provide a cloud-based IT solution to help local miners calculate and comply with the Carbon Tax Act regulations. EDS provides services to  the local mining,... 

Company provides local mining carbon tax solution
FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS We are trying to create a basic environment for organisations to capture emissions according to the Act and display that in a simplistic, Web-based environment

Necessity drives drill bit innovation

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 Drilling solutions provider Lesedi Drilling and Contract Mining, in collaboration with its subsidiary, drill bit supplier Thriftline, has developed a removable reaming shell for its diamond drill bits, which the company believes will significantly reduce drilling consumable expenses. The reaming... 

Necessity drives drill bit innovation
CORE VALUE Innovation is necessary for survival in the current sluggish economic environment

Kangra awaits licence approvals

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Local coal miner Kangra Coal is planning an extension to its Savmore/Maquasa coal mining operation, in Mpumalanga, with Kangra Coal environmental specialist Niketiwe Dlamini noting that the company is awaiting the approval and issuing of the necessary environmental licences. The miner is required... 

Kangra awaits licence approvals
NIKETIWE DLAMINI As a main contributor to our GDP and as an extractive industry, mining has environmental and community impacts, hence the importance of environmental impact assessments

Autonomous drills improve safety for contract miner

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 JSE-listed Basil Read’s mining arm Basil Read Mining subsidiary Blasting and Excavating (B&E)has entered into a partnership with India- based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Revathi Equipment and other local partner Paramount Tracks to acquire several C650 autonomous drills. 

Autonomous drills improve safety for contract miner
NATHAN WILLIAMS The way forward is to embrace disruptive technologies in the mining industry

South Africa gazettes regulations around Covid-19 management  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The South African government has gazetted regulations related to the current state of disaster that was announced on Sunday. The regulations are effective immediately.  

South Africa gazettes regulations around Covid-19 management

Question marks over protracted re-entry of trimetal PGM catalysis  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2020 Trimetal catalysts, which use three platinum group metals (PGMs) rather than two and thereby balance PGM demand, have a multi-decade history of curbing gasoline vehicle emission, which poses question marks over why their re-adoption should be so protracted. New York-based CPM Group MD Jeffrey... 

Question marks over protracted re-entry of trimetal PGM catalysis
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CPM Group MD Jeffrey Christian

Mines labelled as critical to Qld economy amid Covid-19

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2020 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed measures announced by the state government to protect the economy, as both state and federal governments classified mining as an ‘essential service’. “As an industry, we are following the advice of health authorities to minimise the impact on... 

Minerals Council commits to protecting employees, industry as Covid-19 spreads  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2020 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter on Wednesday said the mining industry’s preparedness plans for dealing with the impact of Covid-19 were “very far advanced”. Following a meeting on Tuesday by the council’s board and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, to discuss... 

Minerals Council commits to protecting employees, industry as Covid-19 spreads
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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Australian miners concerned about Covid-19 spread

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th March 2020 Australian miners are banding together in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with a working group meeting on Wednesday. The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) noted that the working group, which include senior member company representatives and state associations met to discuss how the industry... 

Gold Fields, Harmony Gold take steps to prevent spread of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2020 JSE- and NYSE-listed Gold Fields has adopted a range of risk mitigation strategies amid the escalating Covid-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, pandemic in all of its operating countries. The miner on Wednesday said that while its mines have continued to operate as normal to date, the company... 

Gold Fields, Harmony Gold take steps to prevent spread of Covid-19
Gold Fields' Damang mine, in Ghana.
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